HBW’s Musicians Jam In Person


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Since March, the bands of H.B. Whitehorne Middle School have been able to practice and play together only through Zoom. Yesterday, however, band directors Dan Halpern and Brian Michalowski brought some of the sixth and eighth graders together on the field behind the school for an in-person band jam.

“It is so great so see you all here in person and not on my computer screen,” Michalowski shouted.

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The band directors had spaced music stands far apart on the field and everyone who participated went through a temperature check before they took their places. The students pulled up their own masks between numbers, and some even got to wear them while playing: The flutists wore special face coverings that they could actually thread their instruments through, and the brass and saxophone players got Verona-branded bell covers for their instruments. The practice was short, just 45 minutes or so after the school day ended, but the smiles in the sunshine made it clear that it was welcome. 

Halpern and Michalowski are going to repeat the band jam with fifth and seventh graders on Thursday.

Dan Halpern (left) and Brian Michalowski (right) led the musicians from the other side of the track fence.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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